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Thermaltake Core V71 Full-Tower Case Review

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Building in the Core V71

With a review of the main features complete, let’s take a look at building a system in the Core V71.

TtCoreV71_BackHDD

Although, there’s one feature we haven’t looked at yet. Not only are the drive cages modular, but there are two additional drive mounting points on the back of the case. Simply take two of the drive sleds out of their cages and hang/snap them on the included supports. I’m not sure if I’ve seen quite this approach before, but I like it. Especially for my builds, which are usually gaming oriented and rarely use more than two drives (SSD+HDD).

TtCoreV71_BackHDD2

Drives pivot and snap in solidly, and seem quite stable when attached. I didn’t get the feeling they’d fall out whatsoever. Maybe with some severe jostling…but I’m guessing you’d crash some drive heads before getting these trays to fall off.

TtCoreV71_InstallPSU

The PSU installs very easily as well, although you’ll have to shift the support bar that sits on the bottom to fit your specific power supply. A few thumbscrews later, and you shouldn’t have any problems with fitting any power supply on the market.

TtCoreV71_InstallMoboCPU

Adding the motherboard and CPU is easy, just like any other full-tower ATX case – made a little easier just because of the extra room above and in front of the motherboard. You won’t be suffering from cramped quarters in the Core V71. I especially appreciated the very wide opening up top for the 8-pin CPU connector – this cable is probably the most troublesome for any ATX full tower, and the extra space will come in handy for routing fan cables for radiators too.

TtCoreV71_InstallGPU

Adding a graphics card is effortless as well – with the drive cages removed, I don’t think you’ll need to worry about clearance for longer GPUs. The specifications state a limit of 310mm with the HDD rack in place (400mm without)…

TtCoreV71_GPUClearanceTrays

…which leaves more than enough room for the XFX Radeon R9 270X pictured here. Something like a R9 290 or GTX 780 (generally around 260-300mm) would also fit fine even with the modular drive cages in place.

TtCoreV71_CableMgmt

Cable management is made pretty easy, although there is only one drive for this build. Still, everything neatly lines up for the most part, and Thermaltake includes some reusable tie-downs to make tidying up even easier. The expanded side panel ensures even the thick 24-pin ATX cable will have room without any bowing side panels. There’s about 2.5 cm of space for cables without the side extrusion, 3 cm total. That’s more than an inch for cables, which is generous and appreciated – you shouldn’t have any difficulty replacing the side panel on this case.

 


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  1. kzinti1

    A pretty and nice case. Except for the niggling little problems always inherent with Thermaltake products.
    That’s always been the trouble with Thermaltake.
    Almost, but not quite, perfect.
    It would take just a little bit more effort for them to make excellent products.
    But, they’d rather save a dime than make a fortune.
    Flimsy side panels and noise just don’t cut it these days.

    1. Tom Jaskulka

      It seems you might be on to something – the Core V71 has been on sale at Newegg for $139 for the last few days, along with a $10 MIR (and a promo code too, it seems). I still think a chassis that comes stock with three 200mm fans and those modular drive trays is a decent value at $159, but there are a LOT of good choices in that price range…

  2. Caring1

    Very nice case, but I would prefer a couple of SSD’s inside, so the usual hard drive cages are useless to me.
    Also would like to see dust covers for the top outputs, even in an airconditioned room the top of my computer seems to attract dust.

    1. Olin Coles

      I don’t think that dust covers over the top fans (which exhausts air) would prevent dust from settling on top of your computer.

    2. Tom Jaskulka

      I agree it’s a bit strange that these $100+ cases don’t make some sort of specific provision for 2.5″ drives/SSDs (other than some holes in a drive tray). I would assume those users spending that type of money on a case would also set aside at least that amount for an SSD, given the difference it makes for the system as a whole. Maybe I’m just getting lazy, but it’s a little frustrating to have decent tool-less drive bays for HDDs that still need screws if you want SSDs.

      As far as the dust covers, the top panel does include a removable filter – although if by “outputs” you were talking about the USB/audio ports, you could always add something like these.

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